Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones

By Craig McNairThe Rolling Stones in 1972.

1972 was an amazing year for music which saw the release of many classic albums including The Allman Brothers’ “Eat A Peach,” Black Sabbath’s “Vol. 4,” David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,” Deep Purple’s “Machine Head,” Elton John’s “Honky Chateau,”  Yes’ “Fragile” and Neil Young’s “Harvest.”

Arguably the highlight of that year was the collaboration of talent that was seen on The Rolling Stones 1972 American Tour also known as S.T.P. which stood for “Stones Touring Party.”  The Rolling Stones invited Stevie Wonder to open up for them on this legendary tour in support of their masterpiece album “Exile On Main Street.”  Stevie Wonder was hot off of the success from his two records released in 1972, “Music Of My Mind” and “Talking Book.”

2012 marks not only the 40th anniversary of The Rolling Stones infamous 1972 American Tour and classic “Exile On Main Street” album but also the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones as a rock and roll band.  According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Rolling Stones are in talks of embarking on a 50th anniversary world tour.

You can purchase the remastered “Exile On Main Street” super deluxe edition box set on The Rolling Stones website at www.rollingstones.com.  The box set includes the re-released album on CD with a bonus disc of 10 previously unreleased tracks, a 64-page clothbound collector’s hardback book with photographs from the “Exile On Main Street” era, the original double vinyl album, a set of postcards and a DVD containing film from The Rolling Stones in 1972.

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